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What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships: A Pathway to Success

Are you looking for a way to start or advance your career, earn a salary and gain valuable skills and qualifications? If so, you might want to consider an apprenticeship. An apprenticeship is an educational programme that combines practical on-the-job training with classroom learning. You can apply for an apprenticeship in different sectors and levels, depending on your interests and abilities. In this article, we will outline some of the advantages of apprenticeships and some of the sectors you can choose from.

Advantages of apprenticeships

There are many benefits of doing an apprenticeship, both for individuals and employers. Here are some of them:

  • You get practical experience: As an apprentice, you get to work alongside experienced professionals and gain useful work experience while completing your studies. This can help you stand out from other candidates when applying for jobs in the future.
  • You improve your skills: Becoming an apprentice is a great opportunity to improve the essential skills you can use in future jobs, such as communication, teamwork, leadership and analytical thinking. You also get to learn new skills that are specific to your role and industry.
  • You get paid to learn: As an apprentice, you earn a wage and get holiday pay while gaining job-specific skills and qualifications. You also don’t have to pay any tuition fees or student loans, as apprenticeships are funded by the government and your employer.
  • You gain industry-recognised qualifications: Depending on the level and sector of your apprenticeship, you can gain qualifications ranging from GCSEs to degrees. These qualifications are recognised and valued by employers across different industries.
  • You get a feel for the work environment: An apprenticeship allows you to experience the culture and expectations of a workplace, which can help you decide if it’s the right fit for you. You also get to build relationships with your colleagues, managers and mentors, who can support you throughout your apprenticeship and beyond.
  • You improve your employability: An apprenticeship can help you boost your CV and make you more attractive to potential employers. According to a survey by the Department for Education, 90% of apprentices stayed in employment after completing their apprenticeship, 67% with the same employer.
  • You enjoy student discounts: As an apprentice, you are still entitled to student discounts on various products and services, such as travel, entertainment and shopping.

Sectors for apprenticeships

There are hundreds of apprenticeships available across different sectors and industries. Some of the most popular ones include:

  • Business and administration: This sector covers a range of roles such as office manager, project manager, human resources assistant and marketing executive. You can learn skills such as communication, organisation, problem-solving and customer service.
  • Health and social care: This sector covers a range of roles such as nurse, midwife, dental nurse and care worker. You can learn skills such as patient care, infection control, health promotion and safeguarding.
  • Digital: This sector covers a range of roles such as software developer, web designer, cyber security analyst and data analyst. You can learn skills such as coding, programming, designing and analysing.

These are just some examples of the sectors you can choose from. There are many more options available for you to explore.

If you are interested in becoming an apprentice or hiring one for your business, you can visit for more information and guidance or come speak to one of our Experts and start your journey with Global Skills today.

Apprenticeship Criteria

To do an apprenticeship in the UK, there are certain criteria and requirements that typically need to be met. Here are the key criteria:

Age: Apprenticeships in England are available to individuals aged 16 and over.

Eligibility: Apprenticeships are open to both new entrants and existing employees. You can apply for an apprenticeship if you’re a school leaver, a college or university graduate, or if you’re already working and want to gain additional skills.

Residency: Apprenticeships are open to residents all residents of the UK. As an Apprentice, you must have the right to work in the UK, This may require you to have the necessary visas or permits.

Education: The specific educational requirements can vary depending on the apprenticeship. Some apprenticeships may require a minimum level of education, such as certain GCSEs (General Certificate of Secondary Education), while others may have no formal educational requirements.

Employment: Apprenticeships are a combination of on-the-job training and classroom-based learning. Therefore, you need to secure an apprenticeship position with an employer who is willing to hire you as an apprentice. This involves applying for vacancies and going through the employer’s selection process.

It’s important to note that the specific criteria and requirements can vary depending on the type of apprenticeship, the industry, and the employer.

Funding your Apprenticeship

Most Apprenticeships are 95% Government funded and 5% is Employer funded, this means as an Apprentice you will study for free, learn new skills and progress in your career.

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